Actor Kajal Aggarwal tied the knot with entrepreneur Gautam Kitchlu on October 30 in Mumbai.
Kajal and Gautam kept their wedding festivities an intimate affair due to the coronavirus pandemic. In one of her recent Instagram posts, the actor wrote, “Planning a wedding entails so many moving parts and added to that the pandemic definitely was a challenge. However we strictly followed covid protocols which meant we had to have a very small wedding, got all our guests tested and created a bubble for everyone who was a part of our celebration. We are very grateful for all our loved ones that were able to attend and those who joined virtually from afar were terribly missed and we hope to see you all soon.”
Here’s everything that you should know about Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu’s marriage:
Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu’s wedding ceremony was held on the evening of October 30 in Mumbai. The sangeet ceremony was also held on the same day.
After the wedding, Kajal took to Instagram to talk about her marriage. Sharing photos from the wedding, she wrote, “And just like that, from ms to mrs! I married my confidante, companion, best friend and soulmate. So glad I found all of this and my home in you @kitchlug #kajgautkitched”
Speaking about organising the wedding in the times of coronavirus, Kajal shared with Vogue, “There was no going out physically—everything was done over WhatsApp and Zoom calls. The designers—Anita Dongre, Anamika Khanna, Varun Bahl, Falguni Shane Peacock—were so supportive. They sent me swatches at the nascent stages, shipped my outfit home for fittings, and made everything so seamless. My stylist Ami Patel helped through the process and styled my entire trousseau.”
Talking about the venue, Kajal added, “We toured all of Maharashtra; checked out hotels in Alibaug, Lonavla and even vineyards at Nashik. We finally decided to book The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai which is close to home.”
The wedding was an amalgamation of two cultures. Speaking about her ceremony, Kajal told Vogue, “My side of the family is typical Punjabi, and my husband is half-Punjabi, half-Kashmiri. We wanted to make it very special and tried to incorporate both sides of our rituals and culture.”
Post the wedding, Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu took to their Instagram handles and shared several glimpses from their D-day. In one of the captions, Kajal wrote, “In our Punjabi meets Kashmiri wedding, we just had to include #Jeelakarrabellam జీలకర్రాబెల్లం – a tribute to both Gautam and my individual relationships with South India! In a Telugu wedding, Jeelakarra Bellam signifies the union/marriage of the bride and the groom. Jeelakarra (cumin) and bellam (jaggery) are made into a thick paste and put on a tamalapaku (betel leaf). The bride and the groom put it on each other’s head while the purohit chants mantras from the Vedas. The bride and the groom look at each other only after this ceremony is completed and this auspicious ceremony signifies that the couple will stay together in bitter and sweet times.”
Kajal’s sister Nisha Aggarwal wrote an emotional note for the newlyweds. It read, “As you begin this new journey in life, let it be fantastic, crazy, wonderful, unbelievable and unforgettable. May your life together be full of love and your love full of life.”
Kajal Aggarwal also expressed gratitude to designer Anamika Khanna for creating her wedding outfit. She wrote, “My dearest @anamikakhanna.in loved every tiny detail of this gorgeous garment. Thank you for all your hard work, intricacy, attention to detail and most importantly all the love that you put into this piece of art that I wore on my most important day. @anamikakhannabridal”
Anamika replied, “Thank you Kajal , it’s these emotions that make every minute of the work worth it. So proud that we could add joy to your special day.”
Kajal Aggarwal had also shared a click prior to the main ceremony. She captioned it, “Calm before the storm,” giving a sneak peek into her wedding look.
In the Vogue interview, she said, “For our family and friends who couldn’t make it, we customised beautiful hampers by Izhaar by Core Designs. My mum curated the invitation on parchment paper scrolls along with goodies like cheese boxes, dried fruits and chocolate barks for the 40 odd guests who would be part of the festivities. My wedding photography is a gift from Joseph Radhik.”
ALSO READ | Kajal Aggarwal’s wedding: Highlights
In the morning of October 30, Kajal Aggarwal was snapped leaving her house along with her mother. This was after her chooda ceremony, which probably happened along with her haldi ceremony. She was seen wearing a cloth on her wrist to cover her chooda. Both Kajal and her mother happily posed for the shutterbugs.
The Punjabi ritual was performed by Gautam’s brother and brother-in-law. “Anita (Dongre) is a very dear friend, and she went the extra mile to customise designs of the architecture of Gautam’s and my favourite villa, and also included my favourite flowers. The entire lehenga was made into a beautiful story,” Kajal told Vogue.
By the look of her attire, Kajal’s chunni ceremony and Gaur puja happened simultaneously.
Kajal was a splendid sight at her Gaur Puja too. As part of the Maharashtrian ritual, the bride worships goddess Parvati hoping for a happy and prosperous married life.
Sharing clicks from the ceremony on Instagram, Kajal thanked designer Anita Dongre who created her lehenga. She wrote, “My dear @anitadongre thank you for this exquisite lehenga conceptualised and custom made keeping in mind the architecture, serenity and beauty of @villadestelakecomo 😍 truly appreciate all that you’ve put into it and your personal investment of time and energy. Grateful for having you as a friend!”
Kajal Aggarwal’s haldi ceremony was held at her residence in Mumbai on October 29. She shared a candid click from her haldi ceremony, where she was seen getting smeared with haldi. She was also snapped shaking a leg outside her house, while meeting and greeting guests.
In several Instagram posts, Kajal Aggarwal revealed her look from her haldi ceremony. She wrote, “This custom Chanderi weave was specially created with motives that were resonating with @kitchlug and me 💖 also the proceeds from this garment go towards educating a girl child Under gift a smile programme😊 For my haldi*”
In some pics, Kajal is sporting her covered chooda, hinting that her chooda ceremony also took place the same day.
Kajal Aggarwal applied heena a day before the main mehendi ceremony. She told Vogue, “I was pretty clear that I wanted to enjoy the main celebration when the others were getting henna applied. So, I got my mehendi applied a day prior with my girls around me.”
The actor shared a click from her mehendi ceremony on Instagram. In the photo clicked by Stories by Joseph Radhik, the actor was seen flaunting her mehendi adorned hands.
Kajal Aggarwal revealed to Vogue that the pre-wedding ceremonies began on an auspicious note with a Radha-Krishna satsang (prayer). According to her, the living room was “transformed using red and pink flowers and foliage to make it look like Vrindavan garden.”
Kajal took to her Instagram handle and revealed that her red and white ensemble which she wore on the satsang was designed by Varun Bahl.
Kajal Aggarwal and sister Nisha Aggarwal also shared photos from the actor’s bachelorette party. Kajal was seen sporting a sash that read, ‘Bride-to-be.’
As the pre-wedding festivities started, Kajal Aggarwal posted photos of herself and soon-to-be husband Gautam Kitchlu. The photos shared on the festival of Dussehra also featured Kajal’s family members.
Engagement and roka ceremony
Kajal Aggarwal and Gautam Kitchlu had their engagement ceremony in June. Kajal on Monday shared clicks from her engagement. Along with the photos, she shared a thank-you note for fashion designer Manish Malhotra. It read, “My dearest @manishmalhotra05 thank you for getting your team to create this beautiful saree for me, all the way back in June, bang in the middle of the thick of the lockdown – when nothing was even possible. I truly appreciate all your effort, hard work and the warmth with which you were a part of my engagement. Lots of love.”
As soon as Kajal Aggarwal announced her wedding, fans wanted to know more about her fiance Gautam Kitchlu. Gautam is an entrepreneur who runs an e-commerce company called Discern Living.
Kajal Aggarwal’s wedding announcement came as a surprise to her fans. She shared a note on social media which read, “It gives me immense joy to share that I am getting married to Gautam Kitchlu, on October 30, 2020 in Mumbai, in a small, private ceremony surrounded by our immediate families. This pandemic has certainly shed a sobering light on our joy, but we are thrilled to start our lives together and know that all of you will be cheering us on in spirit. I thank you for all the love you have showered upon me over the years and we seek your blessings as we embark upon this incredible new journey. I will still continue doing what I cherish the most – entertaining my audience – now, with a whole new purpose and meaning. Thank you for your unending support.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines